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The Key Differences Between Inpatient and Outpatient Drug Rehab

The United States has a drug problem. According to a survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2007, 23.2 million people in the U.S. were living their lives in a manner that — medically speaking — necessitated the timely intervention of a formal drug rehab program.

That being said, in that same year, only 2.4 million people were actually treated at such a facility. This means that in the aforementioned year, 8.4 percent of the American population was in need of drug rehab, but opted to fight the moralistic battle alone.

Simply put, in instances of substance abuse, drug rehab is key for complete and total sobriety. However, once the decision has been made to seek professional treatment, the difficult decisions haven’t completely ended. Before specialized treatment can fully begin, a patient must determine if inpatient or outpatient care is better suited for their needs.

Truthfully, most people don’t understand the differences between inpatient and outpatient drug rehabilitation. An inpatient drug rehabilitation program requires that a recovering addict live at a facility 24 hours a day. Such a method is wonderful for those fearful of the intense symptoms of withdrawal which accompany the detoxification process.

Outpatient drug rehab methods are basically the inverse. According to Recovery.org, “Outpatient programs generally entail treatment within a facility during the day and the patient returns home at night.”

For addicts, many factors come into play to determine which of these two methods will be most effective in accomplishing abstemiousness: finances, support systems, level of addiction, etc. Whatever the case may be, rest assured, lasting change comes through drug rehab.

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